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Visit to Ayodhya's Ram Mandir tops actors Shakti Anand, Neeharika Roy's wish list

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Mumbai, April 16 (IANS) Actors Shakti Anand and Neeharika Roy have opened up on the significance of Ram Navami, sharing their wish to visit the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.

Shakti, who essays the role of Karan Luthra in ‘Kundali Bhagya’, said: “Ram Navami holds great significance in my life. My wife and I start our day with a morning puja, and observe the nine days of Navratri and fasting. On Ram Navami, we celebrate with prayers, hymns, and offerings, rejoicing in the birth of Lord Ram.”

“The completion of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya fills us with pride, making this year’s celebrations even more special. It stands as a symbol of faith and unity, and we are eagerly looking forward to visiting Ayodhya this year to pay our respects and witness the beauty of the temple firsthand. Happy Ram Navami to one and all,” he added.

Neeharika, who plays Radha in ‘Pyaar Ka Pehla Naam Radha Mohan’, said: “Chaitra Navratri holds a profound significance in my life as I am a devout believer in Goddess Durga. Each of the nine days fills me with immense joy as I wake up early in the morning to assist my mother in the preparations for the puja. The aroma of festive delicacies and the warmth of family gatherings are moments I eagerly anticipate during Navratri.”

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“As we commemorate Ram Navami on the ninth day, my family and I conduct a small pooja at home, honouring the birth of Lord Ram. My mother introduced me to the traditions of this festival, and ever since, I have faithfully followed them. This year holds even greater significance for me as I aspire to visit the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. I hope to make the journey soon,” added Neeharika.

The two shows air on Zee TV.

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UK-Bangladeshi rapper Mumzy pays tribute to Rekha with new track titled after the diva

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) UK-based singer-songwriter-rapper Muhammad Mumith Ahmed, known by his stage name Mumzy Stranger, has released a new track paying tribute to veteran Indian actress Rekha.

The song, titled ‘Rekha,’ transcends genres and serves as a sonic love letter to the eternally beautiful actress.

The music video evokes the essence of Rekha’s screen presence, crafting a contemporary love story imbued with timeless elegance.

Talking about the song, Mumzy Stranger said: “Rekha has always been a huge inspiration for me. Her grace, beauty, and talent are unmatched, and I wanted to capture a bit of that magic in this song.”

The song epitomises the enduring beauty of cinematic romance while paying tribute to this legendary figure in Indian film history.

Mumzy is the first artist of Bangladeshi descent to make his mark in the mainstream and has collaborated with some of the most prominent names in the British Asian music scene and beyond. With 10 years of professional experience, Mumzy’s work boasts elements of R&B, Soul, Pop, and other genres.

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The song ‘Rekha’ hit the airwaves on Thursday and has been released under the label Desi Trill.

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TV actress Deepika Singh knows she's doing good when she's trolled for no reason

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actress Deepika Singh, who is one of the small screen’s biggest names, has often been trolled for her dancing videos on social media. However, she remains unfazed by the criticism.

Deepika, who is known for her work in shows like ‘Diya Aur Baati Hum’ and her latest, ‘Mangal Lakshmi’, talked about how she feels about getting trolled and all the criticism coming her way.

“It doesn’t affect me at all. I accept it very gracefully because of the people I am surrounded by, like my parents, husband, and my Odissi dance teachers. Staying with them, I have learned about grace and how to accept life and situations because you can’t escape from it no matter how much success is there,” Deepika told IANS.

The actress, who has been learning the Odissi dance form for 10 years, says that suffering comes in various forms.

“Not all people can accept you. The ones who think like you can accept you… people like me will understand me,” she said.

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“Some may like me but not appreciate me. But I know what I am doing and what my situation is. I look at myself and not what others think about me because I work for myself and my contentment, whether it’s my Instagram page or my acting,” added Deepika.

“It is my life, and God has chosen me for this job. I am answerable to God and no one else. So, that’s why all this trolling and criticism has never affected me,” stresses the actress.

“When there is success, there is a lot of pulling force too. Whenever you go up, you have to go with resistance because there is a force that will try to bring you down,” she said.

Deepika views trolling through a positive lens.

“When there is trolling for no reason, then I know that I am doing good, that is why people are trying to pull me down. Then I come back with even more power and do an even better job. I feel blessed that I have my critics too,” she said.

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Deepika is happy with everything.

“There are some people who are not even seen. At least, I am being seen by people who are criticising me, that means I am doing something good. So I am happy,” said the actress.

‘Mangal Lakshmi’ airs on Colors.

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Gurpreet Singh reveals men have to keep juggling family's wishes 'while your wishlist gathers cobwebs'

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Actor Gurpreet Singh has opened up about the struggles men face, sharing that it’s a tough gig — juggling family wishes, desires, and dreams.

Gurpreet, who currently plays the role of Rafique Baig in the show ‘Vanshaj’, says that while the sacrifices of women are great, those of men can also not be ignored.

The actor said that men often dedicate their lives to their families and their desires.

“It’s like being the conductor of a runaway train, juggling family wishes, desires, and dreams while your own wishlist gathers cobwebs in the corner. It’s a tough gig, no doubt about it,” he shared.

Gurpreet, known for his work in ‘Kahiin to Hoga’, called men silent warriors and the unsung champions of sacrifice, shouldering the weight of the world on their sturdy shoulders without so much as a whisper of complaint.

“It’s like they’ve got a superpower — the ability to turn their own desires into dusty relics while they play superhero to their families,” he added.

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Meanwhile, ‘Vanshaj’ stars Anjali Tatrari, Mahir Pandhi, and Puneet Issar in the lead roles. It airs on Sony SAB.

Gurpreet also stars in ‘Shiv Shakti – Tap Tyaag Taandav’ as Bhagiratha.

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'Suhagan Chudail': Bengali actress Debchandrima Roy plays 'brave woman in supernatural battle'

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Mumbai, May 30 (IANS) Bengali beauty Debchandrima Singha Roy, who made her debut in Hindi TV with the fantasy thriller romance ‘Suhagan Chudail’, has shared insights into her role as Deeya, saying she is a brave woman who finds herself in a supernatural battle against a chudail determined to acquire immortality.

Debchandrima, who has worked in the Kolkata entertainment industry, is absolutely honoured to make her debut in Hindi television with a show as unique and captivating as ‘Suhagan Chudail’.

“When I first heard the narration for my role as Deeya, I knew this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity I couldn’t let go of. As an actor, I have always been drawn to complex characters that allow me to explore various emotions and push my boundaries. Deeya is precisely that kind of role – a brave and determined young woman who finds herself in a supernatural battle against a chudail hell-bent on acquiring immortality,” she said.

Debchandrima feels she couldn’t have asked for a better debut in the Hindi television industry.

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“I feel truly blessed to be sharing the screen with such talented co-stars like Nia Sharma and Zayn Ibad Khan. Their experience and guidance have been invaluable, and I’m confident that our labour of love will resonate with viewers,” concluded Debchandrima.

The fantasy saga follows Deeya’s desperate battle against the enchantress, who is on a chilling quest to wed and sacrifice 16 husbands through the dark ritual of ‘Solah Shringaars’ to attain eternal life.

‘Suhagan Chudail’ airs every Monday to Friday at 10.30 p.m. on Colors.

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Blake Lively attends Taylor Swift's first Madrid Eras show with Haim sisters

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Los Angeles, May 30 (IANS) Singer-songwriter Taylor Swift’s closest friends cheered for her during the latest stop of her Eras tour.

Blake Lively and the Haim sisters were in the crowd at Santiago Bernabeu Stadium to watch the pop superstar, 34, perform her first of two shows in Madrid, reports ‘People’ magazine.

Multiple concertgoers raved about seeing Swift’s celebrity friends in attendance.

One user on X shared a video of Este, Danielle, and Alana Haim dancing next to Lively.

Other users shared photos of the Haim sisters and Lively in the audience.

As per ‘People’, Lively’s husband, Ryan Reynolds, previously said he planned to attend Swift’s concert in Madrid during an appearance on ‘Today’ with Hoda and Jenna earlier this month.

Reynolds, 47, said that Lively and their children have already been to “five or six” Eras Tour shows.

“They love it, they’re obsessed”, he said on ‘Today’.

Lively and Reynolds are parents to James, 9, Inez, 7, Betty, 4, and a fourth baby (whose name has not been revealed).

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Apart from attending the 2024 Super Bowl together, where Swift cheered on her boyfriend Travis Kelce, Lively previously shouted her out in a sweet Instagram post in December 2023.

Next to photos of her, Swift, and Beyonce at the premiere of ‘Renaissance: A Film by Beyonce’, Lively wrote, “When I grew up, women were always pit against one another. It took me until adulthood to see that the instinct for women to lift each other up to their highest potential is the norm, not the exception.”

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